Boeing resumes donations to Republicans running for U.S. election
Starting on May 3, Boeing has donated nearly $900,000 to the political committee and candidates, including four of the 147 Republicans who voted against proving the victory of US President Joe Biden.
Boeing’s Political Action Committee resumed donations to federal candidates and committees in May after a three-month suspension, including donations to members who opposed proving President Joe Biden’s 2020 election results.
The aerospace giant announced on January 13, along with dozens of other companies, that they would suspend and review their PAC donations following the riots among Donald Trump supporters on January 6.
However, according to its latest document submitted to the Federal Election Commission, starting on May 3, Boeing has provided nearly $900,000 to the political committee and candidates.
Among the current legislators who received $5,000, the highest amount that PAC can offer in each election includes California House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Louisiana Minority Whip Steve Scalis, and Missouri Representatives Vicki Harzler. Republican Representative Jack Bergman of Michigan also voted against the certification and received $2,500.
All four Republicans voted against proving that the Electoral College voted for Biden, which is consistent with Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was rigged. Five people were killed after the mob stormed into the building.
A Boeing spokesperson did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Boeing’s PAC also donated $25,000 to the Republican Association of Attorneys General. The organization’s subsidiary, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, helped organize the protests before the riots on January 6, paying for automated phone calls urging Trump supporters to participate in a “stop theft” rally.
The largest donation of PAC went to the Republican Governors Association, which received US$200,000, and the Democratic and Republican Senate and House of Representatives received US$105,000 each—this is the highest amount PAC can donate to party committees each year.
Democratic politicians have also contributed. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and majority party whip Jim Clayburn received $5,000 each in the primary election, while the majority leader Stanney Hoyer received $5,000 in the primary election and $5,000 in the general election.
According to data from the Political Center for Response to Political Donations, Boeing’s PAC and employees are the 77th largest source of campaign donations in the 2020 election cycle. The Senate Leadership Fund, a super political action committee allied with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, was the largest recipient and received $790,000. Biden came in second with $726,148, followed by Trump with $602,962.